Integration of design for reverse logistics and harvesting of information: A research agenda

M. Reza Hosseini, Nicholas Chileshe, Raufdeen Rameezdeen, Steffen Lehmann

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The literature is replete with treatises advocating the immense benefits of reverse logistics (RL) systems for organisations in terms of alleviating environmental concerns and enhancing the level of productivity. Nevertheless, implementing RL in organisations is fraught with complications with its success largely riding on fulfilling the requirements prescribed by the critical success factors (CSFs) of RL. Despite the voluminous body of knowledge on RL in the extant literature, operational aspects of RL have overshadowed some central strategic prerequisites for the success of RL systems. Drawing upon an integrative literature review, this paper provides an insight into different aspects of the implementation of RL practices. The central role of the integration of design for reverse logistics (DfRL) and harvesting of information (HoI) in the effective implementation of RL systems is then established and clarified through developing a conceptual framework. The paper concludes by putting forward an agenda for research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-515
Number of pages36
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Systems and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Design integration
  • Information harvesting
  • Knowledge management
  • Reverse logistics
  • Rl
  • Supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management


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